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Galaxy Z Fold4 in the test: still strange – Interstars

The Fold’s large foldable screen is still impressive

With 10 million coins more foldable smartphones were sold in 2021 than ever before – the share of the overall market with 1.43 billion mobile phones (2021, strong Gardener) is still extremely small. Samsung stay tuned and continue the series.

The catastrophic debut of the first generation (one remembers rows and rows of broken testers from journalists) seems to have been forgotten. We have now arrived at the fourth generation, the Galaxy Z Fold4.

After spending time with the predecessors spentI was now allowed to test the latest version.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

Construction, processing and handling

The basic principle of the smartphone has remained the same. The device has a 7.6 inch screen, which can be folded in half. When folded you have a secondary external screen on the outside with a diagonal of 6.2 inches. This means that when folded, the device can be used like any other smartphone with an elongated screen (see the 2nd photo above), and when open, you have an Android tablet with a almost square screen.

The processing of Fold devices has improved over the years, even 3-4 small noticeable improvements are noticeable. This hinge and the folding mechanism look mature and make a lasting impression. Compared to the Fold3, the frame is less smooth and less round. A small thing in appearance, but which makes a big difference: if you open the mobile phone, it is less easy to slide with your thumbs.

What hasn’t changed is the small gap left when the phone is folded. This is technically extremely difficult to avoid, but it does mean that dust and other grime likes to get on the foldable display. After all, the Fold4 is IPX8 certified and therefore raincoat.

Although the Fold4 is a few millimeters smaller and a few grams lighter than its predecessor, it’s still very compact, especially when folded. With 263 grams and a thickness of a little less 16 millimeters not surprising. It’s almost as if 2 ordinary smartphones are superimposed.

In terms of ports, the Fold is as minimalistic as it gets, with a single USB-C port. Of the fingerprint sensor is in the power button, it works perfectly. I would prefer such a physical sensor to any under-display fingerprint reader.

The heart isn’t Samsung’s own Exynos chip, but a Snapdragon of the 8th generation in 4nm design (SM8475). The high-end SoC delivers enough power for all currently imaginable applications.

The fingerprint sensor

The screens

The “star” of the fold is this 7.6-inch main screen. This has a refresh rate of 120Hz and a resolution of 1812×2176 pixels. This is slightly different from the predecessor, which is due to a minimally changed aspect ratio. However, this change is not noticeable in practice. Of the AMOLED-The screen can score points with strong colors and beautiful contrasts, watching photos and videos is really fun.

The fact that the screen is foldable also has some advantages Disadvantages compared to ordinary screens. It’s the surface not so hard, as you are used to. This fact has improved over the Fold generations, but it is still noticeable. It also means that you have to be extra careful not to cause any scratches. Also reflects the outdoor folding display a bit more. through the high brightness however, it is still generally readable.

The big screen isn’t quite flat either. In the middle – in the bent area – an irregularity is noticeable and visible. However, I don’t find it disturbing.

The external secondary display also solves 904×2316 pixels and has a somewhat idiosyncratic aspect ratio of 23.1:9. This makes it narrower or longer than normal cell phone screens. In practice, that means some apps appear a bit cluttered on the secondary screen. It also makes the keys on the keyboard look narrower, which makes typing a bit difficult at times.

Cameras

Overall, the Fold has 5 cameras: 3 rear lenses (normal, ultrawide and telephoto) and 2 front cameras above each of the screens. The front camera on the outer screen is housed in a hole. The folding screen’s selfie camera, on the other hand, sits below the display.

The Fold4’s photo equipment is almost the same as that of the Galaxy S22. The main camera also solves 50 megapixels turned on, the telephoto lens with me 10 megapixels more 3x optical zoom and the ultra wide angle camera has a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels. In practice, the photos correspond to what is known about current high-end smartphone models. There is nothing to complain about sharpness, colors and contrast, a fully automatic system scene detection records what you want to shoot and adjusts the settings accordingly – for example, whether you’re shooting your lunch or a mountain panorama. There is also one on board portrait modewhich makes the photos look like SLR photos thanks to the artificial blur.

The 10-megapixel exterior front camera also offers the familiar. It gets a little more interesting with the selfie camera behind the foldable screen. Due to the pixels above the lens, less light reaches the camera, which is why selfies or video calls in dark environments are often a bit blurry. Compared to the predecessor, however, the quality has improved significantly and is still sufficient for whatever team call you want to make via the nice big screen.

software and battery

The Galaxy Z Fold4 is coming Android 12. When opened, the smartphone is on small tablet and the subject of Android on tablets is difficult. Because Android tablets never really caught on, development of big screen features stalled. This has also led to the fact that many applications for Android do not have a tablet view or are not very good.

On the Fold, this problem is solved by multitasking is in focus. This is not a bad solution: it is also possible to use several applications at the same time intuitively – mainly via the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. There you will find the icons of the most recently used applications, which you can open so quickly on certain parts of the screen.

If I’m on a surf the site and take notein want to do, I don’t need to constantly switch between the browser and the notes app. Instead, I open the Notes app first, then the browser. Since I recently accessed the Notes app, its icon is at the bottom of the showbar. From there I grab them and can display them directly on the right half of the screen, while the browser is still open on the left.

At the same time, however, there are more and more apps that are sensibly spreading onto the big screen. These are mostly internal Samsung and Google apps.

The Fold4 has 2 Li-Po batteries with a total capacity of 4400mAh. It’s just as much as its predecessor, but it lasts even longer on a daily basis. However, without a plug, it doesn’t quite last as long as a regular smartphone with a single screen.

While I can get by with the Galaxy S22 for a good day and a half even with heavy use, the Fold’s battery is evening or at least nearly lit. single-digit percentage range your turn.

In general, I’m not unhappy with the battery life – but if you use the large foldable display heavily, it’s definitely advisable to use something during the day on occasion rechargeto spend the day.

Conclusion

With the Fold4, Samsung is constantly going its own way without doing anything conceptually different with the new generation. The foldable cell phone has been improved in many useful little places and is therefore – to slip a bit in Apple parlance – the best never bend. A big step has been taken in the software. The now much more intuitive multitasking allows me to make better use of the big screen.

By

  • Nice big screen
  • The software makes better use of the large screen
  • flagship camera
  • weirdness factor

the inconvenients

  • Always big and heavy
  • Vulnerable Folding Display
  • high price

The shape of the fold also has in everyday life Disadvantages: It is a bit bulky when folded and generally heavy. In addition, the large screen is prone to scratches, the external secondary screen cannot be used as comfortably as with a normal mobile phone due to its narrow design. And the power consumption is also higher than expected.

Nevertheless: The advantage, simple always a tablet Having it in your pocket is worth a lot in everyday life. It doesn’t matter whether you want to quickly show your vacation photos in full or play a game on the train: the 7.6-inch display is always within reach. There’s also the quirkiness factor, which shouldn’t be underestimated either.

For this package, however, you must be proud €1,799 to pose

Display inside: 7.6 inches With 2176 × 1812 pixels and 120Hz

Display outside: 6.2 inches, 2316 x 904 pixels, 120Hz

Camera (rear): Wide-angle lens: 50 MP Dual Pixel (f1.8), telephoto: 10 MP (f2.4), ultra wide-angle lens: 12 MP

Front cameras: 10MP dual pixel (f2.2) before, 4 MP (f1.8) under-screen camera On the inside

Battery: 4.400mAh

Colors: Gray Green, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy

Price: €1,799 (256 GB), €1,919 (512 GB), €2,159 (1TB)